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Cusp Dining & Drinks
Cusp Dining & Drinks
  • Address:
    7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, 11th Floor
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    Neighborhood:
    La Jolla / Golden Triangle
  • Cuisine:
    Mediterranean
    Price: $30 and under

Cusp Dining & Drinks Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cusprestaurant.com
  • Email: info@cusprestaurant.com
  • Phone: (858) 551-3620
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 7:00am - 10:30am; Weekend Brunch: 8:00am- 2:00pm; Bar and Happy Hour 4:00pm Nightly; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Donald Lockhart
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Combine Cusp’s delicious Mediterranean cuisine, stylish atmosphere, stellar service, and the most beautiful ocean view in San Diego to make your private dining experience unforgettable.



    Cusp Dining & Drinks and Hotel La Jolla will make your private dining celebration a success! Choose from our creative, seasonal menus or let Chef Donald customize a menu to suit you and the occasion. Using the finest local and seasonal ingredients let Cusp host your birthday, anniversary, wedding, reception—we are only limited to your whim and imagination!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Combine Cusp Dining & Drink’s incredible views with the outstanding talent of Executive Chef Donald Lockhart and his culinary team for a private event unlike anything else in San Diego.



    Located on the 11th floor of the newly renovated Hotel La Jolla, Cusp’s flexible space can accommodate up to 80 people in full privacy. Perfect for rehearsal dinners, anniversaries, bridal showers, or whatever you can think of, let the friendly staff at Cusp help you bring your event to life!



    We offer full A/V capabilities and customized menus that fit your needs.



    Whether an intimate dinner for a few, or a feast for many, Cusp will make your event a truly memorable experience—and our incomparable view is on the house!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Torrey Pines
  • Public Transit: North Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Shores

    UTC 150
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Validated Valet is available at the Hotel La Jolla for all restaurant guests for $3.
A word from Cusp Dining & Drinks
Dining at Cusp is a treat for your senses. Enjoy coastal Mediterranean fare with an emphasis on fresh seafood like grilled salmon crusted in Moroccan spices or albacore roasted to perfection. Rustic flatbreads from our pizza oven and savory sides compliment our fresh pastas and entrées.

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Try our ocean-fresh ceviche or raw bar while sipping a cocktail made with our housemade infused spirits and fresh juices. Savor Chef Donald’s flavorful dishes, chat with friends, and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pacific from our 11th floor dining room.



Not just for special occasions (but perfect for that, too), Cusp is your neighborhood spot. Stylish and relaxed, Cusp is the place to chill out with your friends while enjoying craft cocktails and creative cuisine—the stellar view is on the house. Daily Happy Hour from 4-7.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The absolutely spectacular views and vistas of the Pacific Ocean were matched with great service and some terrific tastes. Very much on my "Return To" list."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We took my daughter here for her birthday - had drinks at the bar during sunset, which was nice. They seated us at a nice booth, but there was absolutely no light on our table. We had the only table without a recessed light over it, and when I asked for more candles, they ignored my request. We could hardly read our menus and our dinner was in semi-darkness. The food was fine and the service was OK,, but there was a table of people who were very loud, so it was difficult to hear one another. I would go back at at earlier time or a weekday, but not on the weekend again. Pricy and too loud."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Restaurant and bar were extremely chic and the drinks list was awesome but everything was very expensive and while the food was very good, there wasn't a ton of it. But if you're looking for a sexy place to have an interesting drink, this is an awesome spot."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Frequently, restaurants with a view underperform when it comes to food. CUSP outperforms. The flavor combinations are quite creative and always tasty. On this visit, we particularly liked the rhubarb crisp with basil ice cream; truly excellent. A great high point is the bar, which makes excellent cocktails (even has a few "build your own" alternatives). And, yes, the view of LaJolla and the Shores is spectacular."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at Cusp. The ambience, the view, the food, all were outstanding. Friendly service was icing on the cake."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Cusp is my go-to spot for HH. The HH menu is always changing and so, so, so delicious! I am never disappointed. The bartenders and friendly. The view of the La Jolla beach is awesome. I always am lucky to get there for the sunset. This is a great spot for a first date - you will score major points if you take you lady/man there. I definite must. Recently, I had the Bolegnese and Lamb Burger, which were both delicious!!!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Restaurant is limited in their drink selections. They really do need to get with the program. We women especially love to drink our fruit flavored martinis. They really do need to work on adding a better selection of cocktails. Restaurant is limited to drink selections. We women especially love to drink our fruit flavored martinis. My friends and I wouldn't mind going for happy hour as I did once but because of the restaurants limited selection and that was a year ago. I have not returned for happy hour. However, during restaurant week, my husband and I decided to try it out. Still disappointed in the cocktail selections, sorry to say."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This place was great! The views are great, you see all of La Jolla and their triangular shaped tables make it so you can see your dinner companion yet still take in the view. Make your reservation between 5 and 6pm to take advantage of their sunset special, then relax with a glass of wine and watch the view unfold."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Was not aware of the prefix menu but it was delicious and worked out well. The free champagne didn't hurt either :)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very well done on this one. Great attentive staff too. :)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "dont miss this hot spot at sunset...cool trance music. will not allow you to park your own car on the property if you have a dog...expect a long walk."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Every aspect of the experience was good or very good. There are some oddities to the layout and special qualities. The service was attentive, the food well conceived and the environment a bit "three meals a day" but still comfortable for dinner."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "First time eating at Cusp. Food great and can't wait to see view in the summer."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Cusp was fantastic! The food, service and atmosphere was superb! Also booking though Open Table was easy and detailed."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "didn't realize that restaurant week had been extended and we'd HAVE to order the fixed price meal. Best selections were $5 above the "fixed price". Drinks at the bar were VERY expensive, and very small glass of beer! But the cosmo was delicious!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Great food, view and professional service. I highly recommend"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Cusp is a lovely restaurant that just misses greatness. It has a view beyond compare, but that's lost at night. The food was all good, but had little flair. Service is excellent."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We selected Cusp to celebrate one of our birthdays during restaurant week. Actually chose it for its price and location. That said all 4 of us will most definitely return. Service, food and ambiance were DELIGHTFUL! Thanks"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Very nicely done restaurant with great ambience and good service. The food was good, but not memorable - the view, however is to die for. Quite the romantic hotspot!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "The view is outstanding and if you can get there at sunset it is a fabulous backdrop. Food was very good and the service is terrific, extremely cordial and pleasant. We took a friend for her birthday and it was a wonderful evening. This is about the 4th or 5th time we've been to Cusp and we've never been disappointed."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We arrived just after sunset, sat at the windows and watched the colors change over La Jolla cove. It was spectacular. The food and the service held up under the pressure of the view and we enjoyed our entire experience. The apple fritter was stunning!"
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "I love the new look of the restaurant and bar. They have a magnificent drink menu to die for! The food and desert was excellent! In addition, service was great too! I would visit again and tell others as well."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "...but still nice and we'd go back but might only do dinner. Went to brunch/lunch;enjoyed ourselves but they could bring it up a notch with just a few changes. Service was very good but the restaurant was basically empty (from noon to 1:30). It's always nice if the server asks if you want anything else (coffee?) before bringing the bill.Had the open face egg melt with the egg on top of toast, arugula and cheese. The only offered side was more toast? Had nice potatoes with it but fruit would have been great with it too. We asked for bread to start and they didn't have any - only at dinner. So we ordered some plain (olive oil) flatbread and it was $12 and very, very crispy. Why not some rolls/small muffins to start?"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The food, service were excellent and we enjoyed the whole experience."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "Went out with some girl friends and had a great time. They had great food choices and a good drink list. The waiter was very helpful. Beautiful atmosphere. I would go back."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This restaurant has great views from every table. Brunch was spectacular on a bright sunny day. We came after Christmas so the second or third string in the kitchen and serving may have been on duty. Couldn't get coffee to save my life. After three asks we got exactly that, one coffee. No refills. Came in with reservation but no one at the hostess stand. Had to walk in to find anyone working. Food selection limited but well prepared, nothing special. I'll give it another try not around a holiday."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Frankly, just about perfect - 5 p.m. as the sun was setting, nice Christmas Day menu - limited but good, creative choices. My husband and I both got the smoked salmon/roasted asparagus starter which was delicious. I couldn't finish my salmon because there was so much. His turkey dish was great as was my butternut gnoccohi. We each got the dessert selection and shared (pear/cranberry pie and bread pudding). Service was great even though it was quite busy. Good wine selection and one of the best (if not the best) Manhattan I've ever had."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "it was first time to go to this restaurant. I love this restaurant because small,cozy and nice view. I would like to go there again. Food is also good. We had a great Christmas dinner ."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "The only thing I have to complain about my experience at Cusp was the hostess took forever to greet us and seat us. I had to come find her to let her know we'd arrived. I understood that she was the only one seating at the time, but it still took too long of a time to not even be coerced that she'd be right with us. The bartender, however, was very nice and quite handsome and took care of us in the meantime. Besides that, Tyler, our waiter was very friendly and attentive. The food was amazing. The wine was expensive but good as well. Me and my family were super happy to have chosen Cusp and the La Jolla Hotel for our different Christmas Eve experience. Thanks again!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "the hotel was delightful, the hotel , bar and resturant staffs were excellent more than accommodaing and very fun and personalbe....the Kimptons do a very good job!!!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Great food; reasonable priced fabulous ambience. We would highly recommend the total experience."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "My out-of-town guest and I went for a quick bite at 8:00 pm. The place was empty, which I have to attribute to the date, because the food was good (particularly the lamb burger and the almond cake) and it looks like it's set up to host a vibrant bar scene. Wednesdays they offer half-off any bottle of wine when you order from the menu, so we enjoyed a decent bottle of red for only $18. I'd go back, especially if I am guaranteed to have the whole place to myself."
    Dined on 11/27/2013
  • "We had a great meal at Cusp. I put in a request for a nice view for our anniversary and they were happy to oblige. They even gave us champagne for toasting . The service was great and food very tasty. Thank!"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Atop the Kimpton Hotel La Jolla, Cusp is a great place for a wonderful dining experience with unbeatable views of La Jolla, from La Jolla Cove on up towards Torrey Pines. The food was great and the service was spot on. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I wouldn't bother going here except for the view. The two highlights were the friendliness of the hostess and the accommodation of a special request for my dinner. The food was meh (my fish was off-puttingly smelly and salad way over-dressed on sorry looking greens) and our waiter was never around even though there were less than 4 tables filled. I'm sorry to say it's just another bad restaurant with a great view that keeps them in business in quality food starved San Diego."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "We stayed at the Hotel La Jolla, a Kimpton Hotel which was fabulous. Cusp is located on the 11th floor and Have an incredible view of the ocean and La Jolla. A bit pricey but the food and service were good. Mediterranean Cuisine."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Unfortunately this was not a great experience. Our service couldn't have been better but our food had no flavor. One person ordered the crab ravioli and it was really fishy tasting. We were disappointed because the reviews were really good. Sadly we will not be returning."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Cusp is by far a wonderful dining experience! Great service especially, exceptional dishes, fresh and thoughtfully prepared with top o the line ingredients, chef specials, extensive craft cocktail menu with build your own drinks, and reasonably priced! My favorite dining place! Views! Beautiful ambiance! And even though it has top of the line faire, it is a relaxing environment where diners can feel at home! Thank you!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The view from the restaurant is just the beginning! The premium cocktails and delectable appetizers set the stage for a wonderful meal (the flavor of the braised short ribs was contrasted nicely against the ricotta gnocchi). Just make sure you save room for dessert!"
    Dined on 10/21/2013
  • "Lunch with friends. Menu is limited, but food was excellent as was the service. And, you can't beat the view!"
    Dined on 8/30/2013
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